Dec 30, 2005 3:00pm
Re: Band suggestions for fan of 1969-74 GD?
Day Of Phoenix - Neighbour's Son & Wide Open N-Way.
Much ignored Danish band who had an English vocalist, and who made these two great albums in 1970 and 1972 respectively. The first album in particular is a stunning West Coast syled acid rock album with flashes of Quicksilver Messenger Service and Anthem Of The Sun era grateful dead. The trippy flowing guitar work is truly breathtaking. Highly recommended for fans of US '60's West Coast psych.
Good Dog Banned - Good Dog Banned.
From 1971, this ultra-rare LP featured former Sons Of Champlin member Tim Cain. With a very distinctive Grateful Dead-Quicksilver sound, GDB were one of the rarest bands to come out of the bay area in the early seventies.
My favorite is their song "Rollin' Into Salyer" friendly lyrics, nice hooks and harmonies
Horses - Horses.
A superb US country psych gem originally released in 1969 on the White Whale label. The album featured the songwriting talents of Carter Gilbert who wrote such songs as 'Incense & Peppermints' and 'That Acapulco Gold' (For the Rainy Daze) Mixing a blend of CSN&Y, Moby Grape, Stained Glass and early Poco this release is full of beautiful vocal harmonies, biting electric guitar and swirling keyboards. Don Johson was the vocalist of this group before his acting (?) career. As a side note the band had close links with the grateful dead (guesting on albums and eventually forming Dead side project Kingfish with Bob Weir).
Relatively Clean Rivers - Relatively Clean Rivers.
Former Beat Of The Earth leader Phil Pearlman assembled this band in the early 70's. This is their sole and very rare album from 1975, and it's a long lost classic of US psychedelia. An overall rural West Coast vibe permeates an album that's filled with melodic rural songs, eastern jams, delicate drifting electric and acoustic instrumentals and backwards and electronic effects. Somewhere close to American Beauty era grateful dead, but with an added dose of New Tweedy Brothers styled fuzz and garage psych electronic experimentation, this is a release that deserves a listen by any serious US '60's psychedelic rock fan.
Mikael Ramel - Extra Vagansa.
Originally released in 1974 this is the excellent second album by Mikael, who later became a member of Flasket Brinner (70's jazz rock band). This is a move away from his Swedish folk roots turning to a more West Coast/progressive rock sound with a mellow vibe and some great guitar work, keyboards and trippy backwards effects. Guest musicians include Kenny Hakansson and Bo Hansson and the overall vibe is very much like early '70's zappa with a West Coast edge and rural vibe. Superb jamming acid jazz rock with some beautiful melodic touches.
Sky Farmer - Amazing Grace.
Formed in 1973 from the ashes of the incredible Mountain Bus, Sky Farmer's sole album contains various grateful dead-like free form jams with long guitar breaks, piano, flute, sax and the vocals of Ann Linquist. They've been likened to a cross between J.Geils Band, Grateful Dead and It's A Beautiful Day. An old school Jam band.
Timbercreek - Hellbound Highway.
This 1975 album by California dudes jamming rural rock in the style of the grateful dead.The opening title track and much of the album has beautiful psychy lead guitar hooks and great melodies that sometimes drift into formless West Coast jamming.This is well recorded, mellow country rock decorated with great steel guitars melodic vocals, and even the occasional fuzz guitar. Anyone who digs Mountain Bus or early to mid '70's Grateful Dead will love this album.
Honorable mentions: Saint Stephen (the band), Circus Maximus (Jerry Jeff Walker), Kaleidoscope, Wishbone Ash, Capt. Beefheart & the Magic Band, Pentangle, Homer, White Witch, Paul Siebel - Woodsmoke And Oranges/Jack-Knife Gypsy, Holy River Family Band, Marble Sheep -Twiga